CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - For 88 students in the NJROTC at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Friday’s Pass and Review Parade was a full school-year in the making.
The young cadets showed off what they learned and did it in front of family, fellow members of the armed forces and friends.
"To see what they were and what they come from, to what they are today -- standing up straight, having discipline, looking professional, it makes it worth while for me," said Retired Master Sgt. Louis Montney, USMC.
They were also acknowledged for their hard work during the year.
Only 3 and a half years into the program, student Kelsey Thornton has been there from the very beginning and is now enlisted in the Coast Guard.
"It has changed a lot and we have gone through a lot of instructors," said Kelsey Thornton, senior student. "We have gone through so many changes throughout the program and its incredible going through this and being a senior and seeing it actually form into something.
"It is going to be sad because she is going to be away," said Erica Thornton, Kelsey’s mother. "I will be very proud of her, and I think she is going to do really great things."
The same goes for junior Alan Howell.
"I would like to enlist in either the Marines or the Air Force and train military dogs," said Alan Howell, junior student.
Their instructor said it’s less about them enlisting and more about them finding a place where they belong.
Retired Master Sgt. Louis Montney said the program is about leadership and citizenship and only about 10 percent of NJROTC students aspire to be part of a branch of military.